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Tierney Sneed

Tierney Sneed is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked for U.S. News and World Report. She grew up in Florida and attended Georgetown University.

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James O'Keefe promised a new undercover video campaign that would expose "illegal activity conducted by high-level employees within Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign." Tuesday, he released the first video, produced by his group Project Veritas Action.

His group's big scoop?

That a Canadian citizen spent $75 on Hillary swag at Clinton's June campaign kickoff event.

Reporters at the press conference O'Keefe held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., to unveil the latest "gotcha" could not contain their disdain.

"Is this a joke?" one reporter asked O'Keefe.

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The havoc Donald Trump is wreaking on the presidential race is just the beginning of the problems he is poised to cause Republicans in 2016. Already Trump and his anti-immigrant rhetoric is becoming a flashpoint in the down-the-ballot campaigns. The direction he is pulling his fellow Republicans could put in jeopardy the GOP's majority in the Senate, as some of the cycle's most competitive races are taking place in states with heavy Latino populations.

Of the five states that had the largest share of Hispanic voters in 2012 cycle, Florida, Colorado and Nevada are holding what are expected to be extremely contentious Senate races. And already, some of the candidates in those races have been expected to weigh in on Trump's antics, which involve labeling Mexicans "rapists" and calling for the end of birth citizenship.

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A local clerk in Kentucky currently fighting a court battle to deny gay couples marriage licenses inadvertently granted a marriage license to a transgender man and his wife last February, the couple said.

Camryn Colen, who decided to transition in 2010, and his wife Alexis Colen, told the Courier-Journal that they had no issue getting the license when they applied for it in February. They said that Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis had advised her staff to process the paperwork without requesting to look at Camryn's birth certificate, which still lists him as female.

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If there's one thing Donald Trump and Miley Cyrus have in common, it's their ability to get attention. So maybe it's not so surprising that the 2016 GOP frontrunner was a fan of the pop star's performance at the 2013 Video Music Awards, where her "twerking" became a national controversy.

"I was staying at the Trump Hotel and Donald Trump literally called and said, basically, 'I know everyone’s talking about it, but I loved it.' I had no idea anyone was talking about it yet," Cyrus said in an interview with the New York Times, which she gave ahead of hosting the MTV award show this Sunday.

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Two Milwaukee local news stations will suspend the use of live shots after the on-air deaths of two journalists in Virginia, according to Milwaukee media writer Duane Dudek.

News directors for WTMJ-TV and WISN-TV said they would, at least temporarily, cut back on the practice out of consideration for the safety of their employees.

"Out of an abundance of caution we are not planning any discretionary live field reports from the field today,” WTMJ-TV's Janet Hundley wrote in a memo to the newsroom, adding that in the case of breaking news, "we will discuss our options.”

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A number of journalists called out Breitbart for its homophobic, race-baiting coverage of Wednesday's on-air massacre of a local TV news reporter and her cameraman. Breitbart is wearing those criticisms like a badge of honor.

“BREITBART NEWS POSTS FACTUAL HEADLINE ABOUT ‘RACE WAR’ DOUBLE MURDER, INTERNET MELTS DOWN,” a headline roared Thursday.

In the story, which bears “Breitbart News” as its byline, Breitbart mocked “the mainstream press, left-wing writers, and the usual suspects on the right who love being liked by the liberals went apoplectic.”

Most of the outrage was over a headline the conservative outlet published Wednesday regarding the shooting:

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Attendees at a Republican fundraiser in Colorado Wednesday say that House Speaker John Boehner called Sen. Ted Cruz a "jackass," the Daily Caller reported

Two of the attendees -- one going on record with his name -- told the Daily Caller that Boehner referred to the Texas Republican as a jackass during his remarks. In their accounts, Boehner said that the 2016 presidential race kept "that jackass" away from Washington.

The event was a fundraiser for Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO) in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

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